To Marriage and Cherished Family
I was able to combine gemstones from both inherited family pieces and gifts my client had received from her husband over the years. I love that the ring encompasses many forms of love and relationships in my client's life.
Here's the story in Helen's words:
"The biggest stone came from a pendant that Gary, my husband, gave me for our 10th anniversary (this August we'll celebrate 35 years). When we married, there was no engagement ring - we certainly didn’t have the money and it wasn’t important. Somewhere along the line I mentioned to a friend that I’d been thinking about an alternative to a ring; and that maybe a pendant would be nice. She passed the info on to Gary and he surprised me with the pendant. I wore it almost constantly when I was working. But when I retired and we were traveling more, I left it at home for fear of losing it. So it sat in my jewelry cabinet, waiting.
The middle size stone is from my mother’s engagement ring. They married in 1945. She wore her ring through 54 years of marriage. My Dad died in January 1999; my Mom in March 2018. She had given me the ring maybe 10 years before she died. I occasionally wore it, but never felt completely “comfortable” with it.
My Dad gave me the smallest stone when I was 16. He was a true romantic, never letting a holiday or occasion go by without flowers, candy, and back in the day, corsages to wear to church. I believe he got the ring from an estate sale - who knows - and I changed the setting to a pinky ring. I wore it infrequently, but it always held a special place in my heart.
So for some time I’d been looking for a jeweler who had the kind of unique designs that appeal to me, and whom I felt I could work with confidently and comfortably. When I met Stacey at the Frederick Art Festival, I knew I met that person. It was a difficult decision to reinvent these items, but the process of designing was fun! Along with the 3 diamonds I had other smaller items. Once I brought everything to her, I would think of the items I brought, mulling over the options. At one point I thought of using the sapphires from a necklace that my husband had given me even before we were married. Stacey worked those in beautifully. Then I started thinking of my Mom’s cocktail ring - she always wore it on her pinkie, and I remember when she bought it. But because of the way the stones were set Stacey held that ring back - it was serendipity - it was the only piece I had second thoughts about. Now I’m wearing it as a lovely pendant!
So now I have a beautiful ring that I can wear, and remember the love between my parents and between me and Gary. It’s beautiful."